Flower-Visiting Insects
of Smooth Blue Aster


Aster laevis (Smooth Blue Aster)
(Bees collect pollen or suck nectar; flies and beetles suck nectar or feed on pollen; other insects suck nectar; most observations are from Graenicher, although some observations are from Petersen, Hilty, Swengel & Swengel, and Tuell et al. as indicated below)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Apinae): Apis mellifera sn (Gr, Pt, Tll); Apidae (Bombini): Bombus bimaculatus (Pt), Bombus griseocollis sn, Bombus impatiens fq (Tll), Bombus pensylvanicus sn, Bombus vagans sn, Psithyrus citrinus sn; Anthophoridae (Ceratinini): Ceratina dupla dupla sn cp; Anthophoridae (Epeolini): Triepeolus cressonii cressonii sn, Triepeolus helianthi helianthi sn, Triepeolus lunatus concolor sn; Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes desponsa sn, Melissodes rustica sn cp; Anthophoridae (Xylocopini): Xylocopa virginica sn cp; Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coleioxys moesta sn, Coelioxys octodentata sn; Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile centuncularis sn cp, Megachile mendica sn

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon sericea sn cp, Agapostemon virescens sn cp (Gr, Tll), Augochlorella striata sn, Halictus confusus sn, Halictus rubicundus sn, Lasioglossum coriaceum sn, Lasioglossum cressonii sn, Lasioglossum forbesii sn, Lasioglossum tegulare sn; Colletidae (Colletinae): Colletes compactus sn; Colletidae (Hylaeinae): Hylaeus modestus modestus sn; Andrenidae (Andreninae): Andrena asteris sn cp olg, Andrena canadensis sn cp

Wasps
Sphecidae (Sphecinae): Ammophila kennedyi, Prionyx atrata; Vespidae (Eumeninae): Parancistrocerus pedestris

Flies
Syrphidae: Eristalinus aeneus, Eristalis anthophorina, Eristalis brousii, Eristalis dimidiatus, Eristalis flavipes, Eristalis tenax, Eristalis transversus, Helophilus fasciatus, Helophilus latifrons, Platycheirus obscurus, Sphaerophoria contiqua, Spilomyia sayi, Syritta pipiens, Syrphus ribesii, Syrphus torvus, Toxomerus geminatus, Toxomerus marginatus, Tropidia quadrata; Conopidae: Thecophora abbreviata; Tachinidae: Spallanzania hesperidarum; Calliphoridae: Phormia regina, Pollenia rudis; Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaga sp.; Muscidae: Musca domestica, Neomyia cornicina, Stomoxys calcitrans

Butterflies
Nymphalidae: Danaus plexippus, Vanessa atalanta, Vanessa virginiensis; Pieridae: Colias philodice, Pieris rapae, Pontia protodice; Lycaenidae: Celastrina argiolus, Lycaeides melissa samuelis (Sw)

Skippers
Hesperiidae: Polites peckius (Gr, H)

Moths
Noctuidae: Anagrapha falcifera

Beetles
Carabidae (Lebiini): Lebia solea; Chrysomelidae: Acalymma vittatum, Diabrotica undecimpunctata; Lampyridae: Ellychnia corrusca


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